Bernard Defaix, fourth generation of a family of vine-growers, started in 1959 with 2 hectares. At about this time, the first techniques for protecting vineyards from spring frosts were discovered.
Over the years, Bernard and his wife Monique have acquired new land. Their efforts duly enriched the domain, which now included some of the best named places of the Chablis region.
Today, true to the family tradition, the domain is run by Sylvain and Didier. Bernard nevertheless continues to provide his expert advice to his two sons.
The domain stretches over 26 hectares: Chablis Premier Cru (Cote de Lechet, Vallions and Lys), Chablis and Petit Chablis. Since 2009 the domain has been managed organically.
“Since Bernard Defaix retired in 1995, it has been his sons Sylvain (in the cellar) and Didier (in the vineyards) who have been in charge here, and since 1999 they have supplemented the produce of the family estate with purchases of must from Fourchaume and Bourgros. This domaine is the largest owner in the Côte de Léchet, which rises behind the winery. They possess 7.5 ha and produce two cuvées, the better labelled reserve. Half of this cuvée matures in old wood and 100 percent oak is used for the Bougros. The rest of the wines spend all their life in stainless steel. I find their excellent domaine Côte de Léchet far superior to their merchant Bougros.”
‘One Star: A Very Good Domaine’ Clive Coates MW – The Wines of Burgundy
"Burgundians of the Year 2011" - Bourgogne Aujourd'hui (Burgundy Today)
"Unmissable" - Bourgogne Aujordhui April/May 2013 (Burgundy Today)
Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 1er Cru ‘Les Vaillons’ 2015
- 89-91 Points - Allan Meadows, Burghound.com, 2016
Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 1er Cru ‘Cote de Lechet’ Reserve 2015
- 93 Points - Allan Meadows, Burghound.com, 2016
Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis Grand Cru ‘Vaudésir’ 2015
- 90-93 Points - Allan Meadows, Burghound.com, 2016
Domaine Bernard Defaix Bougros Grand Cru Chablis 2015
- 90-92 Points - Allan Meadows, Burghound.com, 2016